On Friday, Robert Rodriguez’s “grindhouse” movie, Machete, will hit the theaters.It's not like my pool of Mexican acquaintances is exhaustive, but out of the Mexicans I do know and meet, I don't know anybody like this.
It is not difficult to get Machete‘s message. It is right on the surface, although the critics either miss or ignore it — there is a race war in the works between Mexicans and racist gringos. Central to this conflict is the divisive border issue. “We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us!” Jessica Alba’s character declares in the film. Machete is not simply a forgettable Mexploitation film. It is anti-American propaganda funded in part by Texas tax payers. It is designed to create animosity between Americans and Mexicans.
In a trailer released on Cinco de Mayo — a holiday commemorating the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla — Danny Trejo proclaims the film is an angry response to Arizona’s attempt to prevent a huge influx of not only illegal immigrants but Mexican cartel drug traffickers targeting the state’s police officers.
Rodriguez’s message is clear — if the racist gringos in Arizona (and Texas and California) prevent this illegal influx — the border crossing Mexicans, not Mexicans crossing the border — the reaction will be bloody carnage by way of machete, the preferred execution tool of drug cartel thugs fond of cutting off the heads of their victims.
But you know there will be some out there.